IORTER Peter is a published author, commissioning Editor, publisher, reseacher, communication strategist and a dedicated Nigerian journalist with keen eye on high-impact stories. He utilises his professional skills for the common good – providing a great deal of brilliant, ethical and high-quality journalism in the defence of the public interest.
He is currently serving as the Publicity Secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), F.C.T Chapter and member of the national committee on media and publicity of the same association,(ANA) the generic body of writers in Nigeria. He had served the association as financial secretary. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and member, Abuja Writers Forum (AWF).
He was a senior researcher at the International Centre for Development Reporting, (ICDR) where he worked on reporting projects supported by the European Union (EU). He previously worked for the online media as Senate Senior Correspondent at Nigeria’s National Assembly, the Catholic Newspaper of the Archdiocese of Abuja and a Columnist with one of Nigeria’s leading newspaper, the Authority Newspaper. Currently, he is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of a reputable media and publishing company based in Abuja.
In 2017 Iorter was invited by the multiple awards winning Journalist and most ‘decorated’ investigative Journalist in Africa, Emmanuel Mayah to join his team that kick-started Nigeria’s first non-profit investigative Newspaper, Satellite Times where he reported investigative stories and worked on the editorial desk till 2019. As editor at Satellite Times, his team made groundbreaking investigations including, exposing MTN’s use of Fraudulent Certificate of Capital Imports (CCIs) to repatriate $14 billion from Nigeria. Following the investigation, the telecommunication giant and four commercial banks were severely sanctioned by Nigeria’s Central Bank.
Earlier in 2020, Iorter was among a team of media and migration experts selected for a Regional Workshop by UNESCO for adoption of a Framework of Good Practices on Information Processing related to Migration in West and Central Africa. The project – “Empowering Young People in Africa through Media and Communication” is implemented in 8 African countries; Cameroon, Coted’voire, Ghana, Guinea-Conakry, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.
He is the Founder and Executive Director of Safer-Media Initiative. The non-profit organization is providing a strong advocacy for the independent media, also empowering journalists to conduct their craft with up-to-date skills and relative safety.
Peter had a stint in accounting; then the transition into journalism, and later a Postgraduate studies in Advertising and Public Relations.